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(From a MS. in the British Museum.)

Up, 0 ye lovers, and away !   'Tis time to leave the world for aye.
Hark, loud and clear from heaven the drum of parting calls—let none delay!
The cameleer hath risen amain, made ready all the camel-train,
And quittance now desires to gain : why sleep ye, travellers, I pray ?
Behind us and before there swells the din of parting and of bells j
To shoreless Space each moment sails a disembodied spirit away.
From yonder starry lights and through those curtain-awnings darkly blue
Mysterious figures float in view, all strange and secret things display.
From this orb, wheeling round its pole, a wondrous slumber o'er thee stole;
0 weary life that weighest naught, O sleep that on my soul dost weigh !
0 heart, towards thy heart's love wend, and O friend, fly toward the Friend,
Be wakeful, watchman, to the end : drowse seemingly no watchman may.
From Nicholson's translation of the Ditvan of JALAL-U-DIN, RUMI.
The Historians of the Early Mongol Period.—In the
chapters relating to the Mongols reference has been made
to the celebrated historians on whose writings they were
based, and therefore it seems desirable to preface this
brief review of literature uiider the Mongols by some
details as to their life and work. Foremost in this class
was Izz-u-Din, Ibn-ul-Athir, author of the great chronicle
known as al-Kdmil^ or "Complete," which contains the
history of the world as known to Moslems from the
beginning down to A.H, 628 (1230). D'Ohsson made
full use of this work and mentions it first in the account
he gives of the various authorities consulted by him. He
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